Ministry passes the buck on Aglandjia rockslides

The point out has no accountability for rockslides on personal plots, the interior ministry reiterated on Friday, a day immediately after MPs and the Aglandjia mayor plead for economic assistance to thoroughly clean up particles adhering to this sort of slides close to to residences.

The ministry was referring to the problem of rockslides at a household region in Aglandjia municipality in Nicosia, which include the debris from rockslides that transpired following the January 12 earthquake. The issue was talked over at the Dwelling interior committee on Thursday, with Aglandjia Mayor Andreas Constantinou accusing authorities of apathy toward their plight and warning of feasible long run casualties.

In reaction, the inside ministry mentioned that adhering to a research on the risks, it inexperienced-lit €560,000 to thoroughly clean up particles from condition-owned land, whilst it shifted the obligation to the municipality regarding non-public land.

“The municipality was obliged, when considering improvement programs, to need that personal developers carry out geological/geotechnical studies on the plots and to acquire actions for the safety and balance of the two the properties under enhancement and the neighbouring properties.”

The ministry also cited a letter by the lawyer general on a equivalent issue in Pissouri dated April 23, 2019. The letter said that in reference to the land subsidence in the group “the point out does not have any duty or obligation to the proprietors of personal houses influenced by the phenomenon of subsidence or landslide in the neighborhood.”

“Therefore, is not obligated to undertake the fix or reconstruction of the houses in dilemma or to pay out any payment for the harm brought about, whether or not the cause is the inadequacy of the structural styles, or an motion of mother nature, or a blend thereof.”

It included that the ministry “did not disregard the problems” of the municipality but granted €20,000 help to have out a research for the restoration of the two halls of the municipality which ended up destroyed.

“We for that reason simply call on the Mayor and the Town Council of Aglandjia, prior to earning this kind of statements in community, to make sure that their have earlier responsibilities have been assumed.”

In accordance to the mayor, a 2017 examine discovered that restoration operates – both equally on condition and private lands – would value €1.82 million.

He warned that the circumstance continues to be hazardous. “Every working day we wake up and make the signal of the cross, just contemplating when the next landslide may well occur,” Constantinou mentioned.

Adhering to the earthquake of January 12, the municipality requested the ministry for assist in restoring personal residential spots. The ministry replied that the collapse of the rock confront was unrelated to the earthquake, as it took spot on the day just after the tremor.

The municipality was thus not qualified for monetary assistance and experienced to tap into possess resources for the particles clearance is effective.

Immediately after the session, committee chair Aristos Damianou (Akel) known as on the government to change its coverage and release the necessary resources.

“Human life is not measured by no matter if the land is personal or point out-owned,” he stated.

In the meantime, the Geological Survey Section has done a research which will be printed shortly and will notify the public as to the hazardous parts in the capital and also the possible extra expenditures should really they want to construct a residence.